President Buhari leaves for Russia-Africa summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari today left Abuja for Sochi, Russia to attend a three-day Russia-Africa Summit.

The presidential jet took off at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 2pm.

The summit will focus on exploration and expansion of opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production between Russia and Africa.

During the summit, Buhari will meet with Russian President, Mr. Vladimir Putin, to further strengthen relations between Russia and Nigeria on issues bordering on security, trade and investment.

His meeting with Putin is aimed at building partnership meant to enhance Nigeria’s huge gas potential, following Russia’s remarkable success in gas exportation.

The summit which will be attended by African heads of states is expected to bring fresh perspectives on some global issues and challenges such as nuclear technology, energy development, digital transformation, environment, technical security, mining and steel, education, agriculture, infrastructure and development strategies.

During the event, an African Business Forum, conceived to bring together African and Russian business leaders, will be held during the event to enhance Russian investments in Africa, and also promote African business interest in the host country.

Buhari was accompanied on the visit by governors Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).

Others were the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of trade and investment, Mr. Adeniyi Adebayo, minister of mines and steel development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, and minister of state for petroleum, Mr. Timipre Sylva.

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